When saying 'please' is more strategic than magic
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By kindergarten age, most children have been taught that 'please' is a magic word. 'Please' is an expression of politeness that shows courtesy and respect, turning a potential demand into a request that will -- poof! -- magically be granted. But a new study on the ways people make requests of one another suggests that 'please' might not be an all-purpose marker of politeness, but rather a more focused, strategic tool to manage frictions or obstacles among family members, friends and even coworkers. The study shows that people say 'please' much less often than expected, and mostly when they exp ..read more
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Mixed public opinion on polygenic embryo screening for IVF
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Survey reveals nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults support using emerging technology to screen embryos during IVF for risk of developing certain health conditions or traits that arise from more than one gene. Only about one-third of respondents approved of using the technology to predict traits unrelated to disease. Nearly all expressed concerns about potential negative outcomes for individuals or society. Findings underscore need for public education about benefits, limitations, ethical hazards of polygenic risk scores for embryos ..read more
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Metabolism of autism reveals developmental origins
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Researchers have shed new light on the changes in metabolism that occur between birth and the presentation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later in childhood. The researchers discovered that a small number of biochemical pathways are responsible for the majority of these changes, which could help inform new early detection and prevention strategies for autism ..read more
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'Digital afterlife': Call for safeguards to prevent unwanted 'hauntings' by AI chatbots of dead loved ones
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Researchers lay out the need for design safety protocols that prevent the emerging 'digital afterlife industry' causing social and psychological harm ..read more
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Children sleep problems associated with psychosis in young adults
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Children who experience chronic lack of sleep from infancy may be at increased risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood, new research shows ..read more
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Childhood maltreatment responsible for up to 40 percent of mental health conditions
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A study has found the widespread impact of child abuse and neglect, with analysis suggesting they cause nearly half of common mental conditions. Researchers say childhood maltreatment should be treated as a public health priority ..read more
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Teens who view their homes as more chaotic than their siblings have poorer mental health in adulthood
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Adolescents who view their households as more unstructured, disorganized, or hectic than their siblings develop more mental health and behavioral problems in early adulthood, according to new research ..read more
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More than 321,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021
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An estimated 321,566 children in the United States lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021, according to a new study. The rate of children who experienced this loss more than doubled during this period, from approximately 27 to 63 children per 100,000. The highest number of affected children were those with non-Hispanic white parents, but communities of color and tribal communities were disproportionately affected ..read more
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Pressure to be 'perfect' causing burnout for parents, mental health concerns for their children
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Is the status of 'perfect parent' attainable? Researchers leading a national dialogue about parental burnout say 'no,' and a new study finds that pressure to try to be 'perfect' leads to unhealthy impacts on both parents and their children ..read more
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Improved nutrition, sanitation linked to beneficial changes in child stress and epigenetic programming
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A new study provides some of the clearest and most comprehensive evidence to date on what is known about stress physiology and 'epigenetic programming ..read more
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